JRM Vol.19 No.6 pp. 698-704
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2007.p0698


VR Applied Asobi-Litation System for Dementia Elderly in Group Homes

Mieko Ohsuga*, Yumiko Inoue**, Wataru Hashimoto**,
and Fumitaka Nakaizumi*

*Biomedical Engineering, Osaka Institute of Technology, 5-16-1 Omiya, Asahi-ku, Osaka 535-8585, Japan

**Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Osaka Institute of Technology, 1-79-1 Kitayama, Hirakata, Osaka 573-0196, Japan

March 30, 2007
October 16, 2007
December 20, 2007
dementia, elderly, group home, virtual reality, preventive rehabilitation

The “Asobilitation” (Japanese “asobi,” meaning “play,” replaces the “rehab” in “rehabilitation”) system we developed using virtual reality and targeting physical and mental improvement in elderly people with dementia was applied to residents of a group home for the aged, “Nishiyama no Sato.” A pair of residents, or a resident and a caregiver, took part in a cooperative game using bicycling or a balancing exercise. First experiment was executed to evaluate system acceptance and over two thirds of the residents participated indicating that they found the system at least interesting and easy enough to try out. Second experiment was designed for effect assessment of system use, however it showed no clear positive effect of the system on walking, despite our objectives of having the system improve mobility and reverse lower-leg muscle deterioration. A study is thus needed on the system’s continuous, long-term effects, and we must develop an easier way to assess walking function in the elderly with dementia.

Cite this article as:
Mieko Ohsuga, Yumiko Inoue, Wataru Hashimoto, and
and Fumitaka Nakaizumi, “VR Applied Asobi-Litation System for Dementia Elderly in Group Homes,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.19, No.6, pp. 698-704, 2007.
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